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Scholarship Facilitation Fund Guidelines

The Office of the Vice President for Research provides financial support up to $2,000 to faculty across all disciplines, on a competitive basis, to promote, support, and enhance the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of faculty at UConn. The Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) is designed to assist faculty in the initiation, completion, or advancement of research projects, scholarly activities, creative works, or interdisciplinary initiatives that are critical to advancing the faculty member’s scholarship and/or creative works.


    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professors in a tenured/tenure-track position
    • Clinical and extension faculty
    • Storrs and Regional campus faculty only
    • In-Residence faculty not currently eligible

Funding categories

    • Conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia or workshops (support for planning and implementation but not attendance; events funded under this category must have a research/scholarship focus; professional development/teaching development workshops are not eligible)
    • Small start-up/pilot data projects in support of applications to external sponsors
    • Test new procedures/methodologies
    • Creative/scholarly projects in support of gallery shows or exhibitions
    • Library/archival research leading to book/monograph
    • Costs to bring book-length manuscripts to publication (textbooks not eligible)
    • Publication costs (including open-access journal costs, copy-editing, etc.)
    • Sabbatical projects
    • Contractual services (including statistical consulting, graphic artists, website design, etc)
    • Other categories: any activity that does not fall under one of the categories above may be considered, provided a sufficient rationale is given.


Requests are for a 1 year period. Funds not expended within one year will be returned to the SFF unless an extension is granted. Requests for extensions must be made in writing to the OVPR. List budget items and costs explaining why each item is essential.  Be as specific as possible, listing the need for personnel, travel, equipment, supplies and services. Indicate if matching funds are being provided by another program, department, college/school, center or institute and the amount of those funds. If no other sources of funds are available, explain why.

The following items cannot be requested: faculty, clerical or administrative personnel salaries, including personnel whose primary purpose is to explore funding sources and/or prepare grant applications; service/maintenance contracts on equipment; laboratory renovations, or other infrastructure renovations; institutional memberships in professional organizations; travel to professional meetings to present the results of research; travel to explore extramural funding opportunities. SFF budgets must specify how funds will be used to advance/complete a specific aspect of a faculty project; SFF funds will not be granted solely to provide support or gap funding for personnel.

Selection Criteria

Consideration will be given to the applicants’ existing funding resources, existing scholarly and/or creative productivity, imminent need, potential for external funding, and previous OVPR awards and the outcome of those awards. Additional documentation may be required such as evidence of manuscript acceptance, book contract, exhibition date, etc. prior to award being made.

Application process & requirements

Requests for SFF support must be submitted through the on-line application form.

Application Guidelines:

Project Description (Limit: 2000 characters/250 words). Describe the activities you wish to undertake in the project, the outcomes/products that these activities will enable, and your proposed timeline for these activities.

Budget and Justification (Limit: 2000 characters/250 words). Break down the costs related to this project and provide justification as to why each is necessary and reasonable for the work described in the project description.

Funding Need (Limit: 2000 characters/250 words). Specify any other sources of funding you have available for this project. You should include external funding earmarked for this project, available start-up or IDC funds, and any cost-matches that have been offered by department or school/college. Please also describe the importance of SFF funding for the continuation/success of the project.

If your project is approved, a project report (maximum 1000 words) must be submitted by the PI at project completion.

Application Deadlines:

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be as follows:

  • July 1, 2017 for projects initiated between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017
  • December 1, 2017 for projects initiated between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018

Starting with the competition for Spring 2018, we will be moving up the SFF due date by one month to enable the awards to be funded sooner. Going forward, the schedule will be:

  • June 1 for projects for projects initiated between July 1 and December 31
  • December 1 for projects initiated between January 1 and June 30

Funds will not be granted retroactively.

Information and Assistance
Matt Mroz, Ph.D.
Internal Funding Coordinator
Office of the Vice President for Research
Nathan L. Whetten Graduate Center
438 Whitney Road Ext Unit 1006
Storrs, CT  06269-1006